When can I plant Bell Peppers in Zone 1a

One of the first steps we take when we are estimating our gardening schedule is find our USDA Zone info. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

The first chance to plant bell peppers in Zone 1a should be estimated by using the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Bell Peppers

Frost tolerance for bell peppers: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost has passed.

It's probably a bad idea to plant bell peppers until after the last frost has passed because they require warm weather.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
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A good time to plant bell peppers
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant bell peppers
Probably not a good time to plant bell peppers

The earliest that you can plant bell peppers in Zone 1a is June. However, you really should wait until July if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant bell peppers and expect a good harvest is probably July. If you wait any later than that and your bell peppers may not have a chance to really do well. If you are starting your bell peppers indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a few weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost is on June 15 in Zone 1a. In the coldest months of winter we should expect an average low temperature of -60°F.

Remember that USDA zone info for Zone 1a is just an average and our actual date of last frost changes from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 1a we get surprised by a frost after June 15 be ready to cover your bell peppers if we have one of those late frosts.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 1a

Here is the info for USDA Zone 1a.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)June 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)July 15
Lowest Expected Low-60°F
Highest Expected Low-55°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is -60°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near -55°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 1a

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 1a.